Among the first women to graduate of medicine in Italy at the end of the nineteenth century, specializing in neuropsychiatry, was also an educator and philosopher, a feminist who already supported profitability, fought against discrimination, for example in science, and fought against world illiteracy, the creator of a method based on infant centers and schools around the world: Maria Montessori, born in 1870, died on May 6, 1952 seventy years ago. The best way to remember her is to reflect on her legacy and apply it to the challenges of the modern world, the goal of a new series of Republic“Il mondo Montessori”: five unpublished volumes in collaboration with the Montessori National Opera and Mind, in newsagents from today for five weeks for 9.90 euros plus the price of the newspaper to which they are linked.
A proposal, designed for schools and families, to help and support girls and boys, girls and boys in the thousand challenges of growth. The works were signed by teachers, experts from the school and university world, scholars, scientists, in perfect Montessori atmosphere.
“The child is not weak and poor; the child is the father of humanity and civilization, it is our teacher also in terms of his education. This is not an overall exaltation of childhood, it is a great truth,” said the scientist, who considered the age group 0- 3 to be the golden age of man in terms of movement, language, mindset, the freedom that underlies the Montessori method. “From the beginning of my experience, I recommended and outlined the conditions of freedom for children. Freedom of choice was the first of the essential conditions in my concept of education” again Montessori. Therefore, the series begins today with “Help Them Grow Up” by Raniero Regni on “Children in the Conquest of Independence,” starting with “Help Me Do It Alone!”, One of the phrases that contributed the most to do the world to the doctrine of Maria Montessori.
A message that is still considered revolutionary today, with adults who must not limit themselves to showing the little ones what to do or putting them in front of a screen, but must help them learn, to act to respond, in a society rich in stimuli, which, however, too often tends to regard them as a category of consumers. A perfect read to strengthen, as the author points out, each child’s most important resources: creativity and the desire to do.
On May 13, it’s Bendetto Scopola’s “Better Than What We Think” about “Mathematics, Child’s Play,” the second book in “The Montessori World,” always with a colored cover that the great scholar would have liked. An essay based on this fact: about half of adults do not master the basic concepts in mathematics that are necessary to solve the small problems of everyday life. In reality, as Scoppola points out, each individual has a kind of innate conception of numbers, which, however, must be revived and supported from early childhood, for example, with the use of geometric shapes as “bridges” for teaching ‘arithmetic. Montessori itself was a passionate student of physics and mathematics. Even now, in their modern version, her tools – numerical rods, figures on sandpaper, signs, tokens – are the basis for bringing girls and boys closer to the world of numbers.
The third issue of the series is scheduled for May 20 with “Tutti basso per terra” by Pietro Lucisano on “Space for Children”. “Let go of the children; pamper them: they run outside when it rains; they scream and laugh when the sun wakes them up in the morning, as it wakes up all living beings,” Montessori declared, advocating a healthy mind in a healthy body and therefore also teaching movement, also exploiting the possibilities of nature and making our homes increasingly suitable for the psychophysical development of the very young. On May 27, “Touch, run, learn” by Leonardo Fogassi will be released on “Apprendere con il Movimento”, the fourth work in the series. A volume to learn the secrets, in the light of the latest scientific discoveries, about the connection between movement and learning from the first days of life, about this very important subject. The latest title of the program is “Guyer, what a class!” by Milena Piscozzo, June 3rd. A method dedicated to young people who apply Maria Montessori’s innovative philosophy to girls and boys, to make them citizens and citizens prepared and passionate, as desired by the one who has always defied conventions and who was considered “the most interesting woman in Europe.” .